this is bbc news i'm ben brown. the headlines at 11:00: an ethiopian airlines plane with more than a hundred and 50 people on board has crashed on a flight from addis ababa to nairobi — all passengers are feared dead. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, warns mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. two more british women living in detention camps in syria, with five children between them, are reported to have been stripped of their uk citizenship. sir cliff richard has joined a campaign calling for legal anonymity for anyone suspected of committing a sexual offence — until they're charged. the family of a 23—year—old british woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. and in half an hour here on bbc news, dateline london looks
at what will happen as the countdown to brexit nears its climax. good morning. an ethiopian airlines flight has crashed shortly after take—off from addis ababa, killing all 157 passengers and crew thought to be on board. the airline told state media there were people of more than 30 nationalities among the dead. the boeing 737 was heading to the kenyan capital, nairobi, when air traffic control lost contact six minutes after take—off. the manufacturer of the plane, boeing, says it is aware of the crash and is closely monitoring events. the boeing 737—max is the same type of aircraft that came down last
october shortly after take—off from the indonesian capital, jakarta. in a tweet, ethiopa's prime minister, abiy ahmed, said: "the office of the pm, on behalf of the government and people of ethiopia, would like to express it s deepest condolences to the families of those that have lost their loved ones on ethiopian airlines boeing 737 on regular scheduled flight to nairobi, kenya this morning." let's go live to nairobi and our africa business editor, larry madowo is atjomo kenyatta airport. what are you hearing there, what are airport officials in nairobi telling you? in the last hour, kenyan authorities and airport officials have been addressing the press. they have been addressing the press. they have set up an emergency support centre for the families and friends here and they will be offering
counselling for them. they are trying to provide them with some privacy as they come to terms with this tragedy. the aircraft was expected at 10:15am at local time but six minutes after it took off from addis ababa, south—east of the capital, it lost contact and now it has been confirmed it went down and all 30 nationalities on board, 149 passengers and eight crew perished in the aircraft. the authority say the primary source of information is ethiopia but they are expecting the loved ones and friends here at ethiopian airport. what is the safety record of ethiopian airlines? it has one of the best safety records on the continent. the last time the airline had fatalities in the series was in 1996 and that was a hijacked plane which ended up
killing 123 people. 0ver a hijacked plane which ended up killing 123 people. over the last few years it has had nearly a clean record and it flies one of the youngest and most modern fleets on the african continent. this boeing 737-max the african continent. this boeing 737—max only entered operation for ethiopian airlines four months ago. it only started operations in january 2016, so a lot of people trying to come to terms with how something like this could happen to such annual aircraft. the airline did come down soon after take—off, six minutes after it took off? that is the other aspect of this that also has a lot of people scratching their heads. just six minutes after take—off, not even 100 kilometres into its flight, it came down south—east of the ethiopian capital, addis ababa. it didn't even have the chance to leave that airspace and come into canyon. this is something of interest for investigators. ethiopian airlines fly into this
airspace every day, it is a relatively short flight, just two hours and it has done it for many yea rs. hours and it has done it for many years. thank you very much indeed. just to say by the way, we are hearing that eight chinese passengers were on board the ethiopian airlines plane. we were hearing from larry there were 33 different nationalities altogether soiam different nationalities altogether so i am sure we will be getting more details on the passenger list. but the chinese state television saying that eight chinese passengers were among those on board. the aircraft involved was a boeing 737 max. pictured here — earlier i spoke to independent travel editor simon calder about the plane's background and how it will shape the investigation into the crash.
it is just four months old. it is the same type that was involved in the same type that was involved in the lion air crash in october last yearin the lion air crash in october last year in which 189 people died shortly after take—off from jakarta airport. the investigators will be looking at a wide range of possibilities, everything from weather to weather some criminal act was involved. but there is already, certainly among pilot circles, concentration on the fact this was the same type, boeing 737, established and well—regarded aircraft, but this variant did have issues with its manoeuvring characteristics and the investigation into that indonesian crash is still going on. that is simon calder of the independent. two leading brexiteers have urged the prime minister not to delay leaving the eu if she loses the meaningful vote
on her withdrawal deal in the commons this week. in an article in the sunday telegraph, the conservative mp, steve baker, and the dup's westminster leader, nigel dodds, warn that any postponement would do "incalculable harm" to public trust in politics. 0ur political correspondent, jessica parkerjoins me now. we have been hearing from various politicians this morning as the crucial week in the commons approaches? yes, everyone issuing their own warnings as to what the consequences could be of the various outcomes over the coming days and weeks. david davis, a former brexit secretary. he is a brexiteer himself and he has been talking about what would happen if there is no brexit at all. he warned of a democratic disaster. britain will get its trump moment. what happens is that the british people who voted for this, and a large number of remainers who didn't vote for it but still think it should be carried through because they believe in democracy, will see a government walking away, a parliament walking away
from a question that they themselves put to the people. now that will undermine, that will absolutely undermine belief in democracy in this country and certainly belief in the established political parties. what is going on is a bit of nervousness around this potential delay, despite going on later this week where mps may get the chance to extend article 50. meanwhile, labour are saying they think the delay is inevitable now because it is getting so close to the wire. the labour party have had their own plan, a closer relationship with the european union, if you like. creating a customs union. and john mcdonnell has said the government is getting its tactics wrong. mcdonnell has said the government is getting its tactics wronglj mcdonnell has said the government is getting its tactics wrong. i think myself, we could agree the labour deal within a matter of weeks. the european union has looked positively on that. in all the discussions we've had, they see it as the foundation of a proper negotiation. to be frank, that is what the prime minister should have done two years
ago. she has got us into this mess. it will be labour to get the country out of this mess. if parliament cannot agree the terms labour has put forward, there is the option of going back to the people. had the prime minister's supporters have urged people to get behind her deal this week? yes, there have urged people to get behind her dealthis week? yes, there is have urged people to get behind her deal this week? yes, there is this issue to find an agreement and the way forward on the backstop. those future arrangements for the irish border. but the government putting pressure on mps to get behind the steel and the foreign secretary jeremy hunt has been on andrew marr this morning and he had a stark warning about what voting this deal down could mean. if you want to stop brexit, you only need to do three things. kill this deal, brexit, you only need to do three things. killthis deal, get brexit, you only need to do three things. kill this deal, get an extension and then have a second referendum. within three weeks, those people could have two of those three things. as we have heard from
john mcdonnell, possibly the third one could be on the way through the labour party. we are in very perilous waters and people who want to make sure we really do deliver this result need to remember that if it fails, people aren't going afterward saying it is this person's fault of this group of people's fault. they will say there is a party that promised to deliver brexit. we put them into number ten and they failed. the consequences for us as a party would be devastating. jeremy hunt saying perilous waters. talk us through the perilous waters? in terms of the timeline, tuesday will be the vote on the deal, the second time mps will have this vote on the meaningful agreement. if they vote it down, the expectation is mps will get the chance to decide if they are happy with no deal
scenario. if they reject that deal will get the chance to vote on whether they want to extend article 50, in other words, whether they want to extend article 50, in otherwords, delay whether they want to extend article 50, in other words, delay brexit. we could see some significant shifts in this brexit journey. could see some significant shifts in this brexitjourney. this is shaping up this brexitjourney. this is shaping up to bea this brexitjourney. this is shaping up to be a big brexit week. thank you, jessica. jessica parker, our political correspondent. more than 50 businesses in northern ireland have written an open letter to mps urging them to unite behind a deal to leave the eu. they warn that a no—deal brexit would have a damaging impact on the local economy and political stability and urge them to compromise. among the companies that signed were bombardier, coca—cola and queen's university belfast. the uk will remain in "pole position" after brexit, when it comes to technological innovation, according to the chancellor phillip hammond. he's expected to unveil plans for a £200 million in investment in cutting—edge scientific research during his spring statement on wednesday. our business correspondent
rob young has the details. new technologies are shaping how we live and how we work. scientific discoveries today could determine the economy of the future and can improve our health. on wednesday, the government is expected to say it will allocate £200 million for investment in cutting—edge research. £79 million is earmarked for a new national supercomputer. based at the university of edinburgh, the machine is promised to be up to ten times faster than the current supercomputer. another £81 million will be spent on state—of—the—art laser technology in 0xfordshire. one recent laser invention at harwell was used to detect explosives hidden in airport luggage. there will also be £45 million for health research taking place in cambridge. the money will be spent on potential new therapies to tackle genetic diseases.
the government says innovation will be at the core of the spring statement on wednesday. the chancellor says he wants britain to maintain its competitive advantage in science and technology after brexit. but the chancellor is not splashing the cash. the money being dished out for the research comes from existing budgets. many people will be watching what the chancellor has to say about the forecasts for the economy. growth has been lower recently, as brexit uncertainty and a global economic slowdown affect the uk. rob young, bbc news. a 17—year—old boy has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after a man was stabbed in the chest in north london. police were called to reports of a stabbing on a bus in north finchley yesterday afternoon. the 19—year—old is in a critical condition in hospital. the family of a 23—year—old british woman missing in guatemala say they're "desperately worried" for her safety. catherine shaw, from witney in 0xfordshire was last seen on march fourth in the lake atitlan
area of the country. her parents said her disappearance was of "great concern". a foreign office spokeswoman confirmed it was supporting the family of a british woman and were "in contact with the local authorities". a climber is seriously ill in hospital in aberdeen after being stranded overnight on a mountain in the highlands. the 57—year—old man, from nottinghamshire, was airlifted to safety from a peak in the glencoe area yesterday — reportedly suffering from hypothermia. a second climber was also rescued but is in a stable condition in hospital. the headlines on bbc news: all passengers on board an ethiopian airlines jet that crashed shortly after take—off on sunday have died, according to the airline. the foreign secretary, jeremy hunt, has warned mps that if they get crucial votes wrong this week they risk losing brexit. two more british women living in detention camps in syria,
with five children between them, are reported to have been stripped of their uk citizenship. sport and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre, here's hugh woozencroft. good morning. liverpool have the chance to close the gap on premier league leaders manchester city when they host burnley in a midday kick off. jurgen klopp's side have drawn three of their past five league matches but a win would reduce city's advantage to one point. guy mowbray can bring us the team news from anfield. it isa it is a bright and breezy and early start at anfield for a key game at the top and bottom of the premier league. liverpool four points behind manchester city with their game in
hand. adam le larmour replaces jordan henderson and roberto firmino is back in two starts. burnley are only two points off the bottom three after results yesterday. they go with an unchanged team named for the last eight games. juergen klopp told the players to be in bed by 10pm last night and be on their toes. but will the players be suitably early live birds? you can hear guy mowbray‘s commentary from anfield on match of the day tonight on bbc one at 10:30. the battle for a top four place hots up today, especially after tottenham's defeat at southampton. sixth—placed chelsea host wolves at 2:05 and then at 4.30, arsenal and manchester united, fifth and fourth respectively, meet at the emirates. there's live commentary of the games at chelsea and arsenal on radio 5 live. ireland host france in the final men's six nations match of the weekend. it will be their head coach joe schmidt's final game in charge in this tournament
at the aviva stadium after five years at the helm. they've only lost once in his 15 games in dublin. we have had some great years and great occasions in the aviva stadium and it would be great if this is another positive experience. we have been working towards that this week, but it is certainly about the performance. players play under those circumstances all the time and you never know when your next cap is coming at the end of your career. i guess managers work like that as well. britain's sam bird has won the hong kong formula e eprix. but the victory could still be taken away from him. bird is currently being investigated after colliding with the leader andre lotterer on the final lap, who then suffered a punctured tyre and crashed out. bird said it's "a shame" the race ended that way. i spoke to bbc sport'sjennie gow about the eyebrow—raising finish.
hong kong, the street circuit at the harbour front is very tight. there are none of these big run—offs you are none of these big run—offs you are used to in other motorsports. it had all the ingredients to be dramatic towards the end. that is what happened. the puncture meant andre lotterer cascaded down the places and out of the points. sam bird might have done his championship a massive favour. if he loses them points, andre lotterer doesn't get them back instead so a really interesting day in the championship. sir mo farah has won the big half for the second year in a row in london. farah completed the half—marathon course between tower bridge and the cutty sark in greenwich in one hour, one minute and 14 seconds. he finished just ahead of belgium's bashir abdi and 2017 london marathon winner, daniel wanjiru of kenya. and britain's charlotte purdue defended her title in the women's race — she crossed the line
in a time of 1:10:36. steph twell, who led the race most of the way, finished just under a minute after purdue. matthew fitzpatrick has a one—shot lead over rory mcilroy going into the final round at the arnold palmer invitational in florida. fitzpatrick, who is looking for his first pga tour title, has only dropped three shots so far at bay hill. he produced a bogey—free five under 67 to take the lead. but mcilroy is on the charge — the northern irishman was seven back overnight but he hit seven birdies as he carded 66 to move into contention. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. sir cliff richard has joined a campaign demanding legal anonymity for anyone suspected of committing a sexual offence, until they're charged. the singer was named after he was accused of an offence, but never arrested or charged. our home affairs correspondent, dominic casciani has this report. vindicated by the high court,
sir cliff richard after he won his landmark privacy battle against the bbc last year. it's going to take me a little time to get over the whole emotional factor, and so i hope you'll forgive me. the bbc broadcast a police search of his surrey home after being falsely accused of a sexual offence. a seniorjudge said it was a serious breach of his privacy and should never have been broadcast. now he isjoining a growing campaign to protect the anonymity of some people facing police investigation. the singer says the media's reporting of the false allegations he faced was the worst thing that had happened to him in his entire life. a stigma that's been almost impossible to eradicate. and that has led him to believe only a new law can protect others from the same misery. the campaign joined by sir cliff calls for a simple change in the law. a legal guarantee of anonymity for anyone under investigation for a sexual offence, that would prevent media reporting, unless and until the individual is charged. today, the campaign's leaders
welcomed sir cliff's decision tojoin them. we have a number of areas that we wish to change in respect of law reform. the primary one that we want to change is that a suspect is not named until charged. apart from anything else, that would create balance, because the complainant has anonymity, why shouldn't the person who is facing an allegation? and the allegation being publicised out there is there forever — and mud sticks. sir cliff's case is the most high profile, but the question of privacy for people who haven't been charged with a crime has been increasingly debated. the radio presenter paul gambaccini, also part of the campaign, secured a pay—out from prosecutors over unfounded allegations of historical sex offences. and most recently, a couple from sussex were named in the media after being arrested over the disruption of gatwick by a drone — something they were innocent of.